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Choose Your Own Adventure: 5 Great Practices, 1 Great City

Posted by Betsy Krekling, ADA Advisor on 10/7/22 7:00 AM
Betsy Krekling, ADA Advisor


If you haven’t heard of Appleton, Wisconsin, it might be time to take a look — especially if you’re looking to build your dental career! We currently have several doctors in and around Appleton looking for associates, partners, or successors! This is a great place to choose your own (dental) adventure:
  • Find an associateship and take advantage of the lower cost of living to pay back your loans
  • Partner in a busy practice
  • Be your own boss with a turn-key purchase
  • Get the mentorship you need for eventual practice ownership
  • Learn TMJ/sleep treatments from an expert

Appleton, Wisconsin is a welcoming small city that has been ranked among the Top 100 Best Places to Live based on amenities, economy, healthcare, housing, transportation, and social/civic culture. Local home prices are nearly 20% lower than the national median, and the average resident spends just 28% of their monthly salary on housing costs. People love living here because of the low cost of living, growing entertainment and food scenes, seasonal events, and family-friendly environment. 

The Fox River flows through this city of 74,000 people in northeast Wisconsin. Just 30 minutes from Green Bay and less than two hours to both Milwaukee and Madison, Appleton is surrounded by nature preserves and outdoor recreation, yet close to everything you could need. Right downtown, enjoy:

  • 60+ unique shops
  • 50+ casual, fine dining, and ethnic restaurants
  • Nearly 30 pubs, clubs, and live music venues
  • 5 museums dedicated to children, history, science, and art
  • A lively farmers market and festivals
  • A growing arts scene

Take the family to a minor league baseball game or go boating, fishing, or ice fishing on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest non-Great Lake. 

Appleton is known as one of the “Fox Cities,” and is surrounded by towns and cities of all sizes. Green Bay is just 30 miles away, and gorgeous Door County is a bit farther. Plus, it’s just two hours to both Milwaukee and Madison. 

And this growing area needs dentists! Several local dentists are hiring to meet increasing demand, while others are ready to retire and want someone who can continue to care for their patients. We’ve highlighted a few of these practices below, but there are others in nearby towns, including Oshkosh, Waupaca, and Two Rivers. 

Full-time associateship in friendly 9- op practice 

Join this busy 9-operatory practice where patients often comment, “Everyone is so friendly and happy here!” 

The practice owner needs a patient-oriented person who can help serve the growing, loyal patient base that comes for the family-like feeling. She says, “Our primary focus is our patients and making sure they are comfortable. We are efficient and so are able to accomplish a lot in the time given. Patients appreciate the warm, caring, and efficient environment we provide. Laughter in our office is a common event!”

Ideally, this associate would have some endo experience. 

The entire team works to help the greater community through cancer screenings and other activities, and the staff enjoys four team outings a year. 

If you’re looking for a practice where you can enjoy a family-like setting, this is the place!

Take-charge associateship with partnership opportunity

If you have a few years of experience and can confidently take charge, check out this associateship with an opportunity for partnership or buy-in. The owner wants to find someone who can deliver a high standard of care while keeping up with the busy pace, without a lot of hand-holding. The ideal candidate will be experienced and proficient in all facets of general dentistry.

The 4-op practice is growing, with huge earning potential and excellent marketing support. You’ll enjoy a generous compensation and benefits package — and be able to take advantage of the growth! 

Ready to take your career to the next level? Check out this practice. 

Turn-key practice ready for a new owner

Prefer to buy? This well-established practice is ready for an ambitious owner! The seller has spent her career building strong patient relationships that have driven referrals. Today, personal service and quality are standard. The team takes their time to present thorough treatment plans and achieve informed consent, with plenty of time for patient education. 

This 3-operatory practice has room to grow, in a beautiful building with ample parking. The real estate is also for sale. The practice is a Premier Provider level for all Delta Dental and Cigna.

If you’re looking to make a community-oriented practice your own, check out this great buy!  

Associate-to-Owner pathway with mentorship

This owner is approaching retirement and looking for the right doctor to continue serving his family-focused, 5-operatory practice. This owner will truly do whatever it takes to ensure the transition is mutually satisfying for all and would prefer to first hire an associate who wants to purchase within a couple of years. 

He says, “Our practice creates an environment of trust so our patients can have their needs/wants taken care of within their time frame, and can have concerns regarding, finances, and comfort addressed before treatment. It means treating the whole person and their mouth.”

The staff works well together, taking a friendly, team approach that resonates with patients and generates positive online reviews.  

Technology includes dental lasers, digital radiography, intraoral cameras, and more! The practice is nearly half fee-for-service, and there’s opportunity to grow the practice to match your interests. 

Get the mentorship boost you need to launch yourself into successful ownership at this great practice. 

State-of-the-art technology with mentorship 

You will learn a TON in this gorgeous 8-operatory practice with digital radiography, Cone Beam CT, and intra-oral cameras in every operatory. The practice has invested in an impression-less iTero imaging system to enhance patient safety and expedite the diagnostic and restorative process.  

The senior doctor specializes in TMJ and sleep issues and is eager to train an interested doctor. New grads are welcome, as long as you are willing to learn, become part of the community, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. 

This associateship comes with opportunities for equity or partnership, if you’re interested. 

Located an hour east of Appleton right on Lake Michigan, this beach community is a great place to raise a family while enjoying a nearby state park, trails, and all the lake has to offer.

Read a full profile of this outstanding practice. 

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